Originally Posted by thebeebs
Regarding wearing Alden wingtip/captoe boots with suits:
1) How big a deal is "all eyelets" vs. speed hooks? Do hooks really get caught in trousers, or is it just an infrequent thing?
2) Is commando a no-no? (Commando soles that is, not to be confused with going commando...). Does it look strange to have a lug sole w/ a suit? Business casual?
1) It can snag, but I dont find that it ruins pants legs or anything
2) I tend to avoid it with suits in business dress, with the exception of rainy days (when I generally wear a PTB on crepe anyway). With business casual, it is fine (I work in a suit four day a week, business casual Friday environment). I will wear my cigar captoe boots on commando soles with flannels/chinos in the fall/winter with business casual. I dont recall ever wearing them with suit (though i suppose they could work with tweed suits). If you have to wear suits, there are better suited Alden shoes (balmorals, longwings, PTBs, tassels, shortwings, and chukkas) than high boots on a commando sole.
Caveat here - if you are wearing suits casually, high boots can work well